International Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-A03 - Finding Design: Case Studies in the Creative Process

Saturday, October 21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Reaching beyond constraints of their sites, landscape architects often create works that are memorable in concept and realization. This session explores ways in which the creative spirit fuels the design process in the work of three landscape architects known for their inspired designs: James Burnett, Signe Nielsen, and Kongjian Yu.

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Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen Landscape Architect

Susan Cohen, FASLA, is an award winning Connecticut landscape architect. A teacher and lecturer, she has taught at both CCNY and The New York Botanical Garden, where she founded and coordinates the annual "Portfolio" lecture series that brings international landscape architects to a New York audience. Her well-illustrated book, THE INSPIRED LANDSCAPE, features the work of 21 leading landscape architects from the U.S. and around the world. In 2016 she received the George A. Yarwood Award from CTASLA for giving "unselfishly of the time and talent to further the profession of Landscape Architecture within the State and the Nation."


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James Burnett

OJB Landscape Architecture

James Burnett, FASLA, received his landscape architecture degree from Louisiana State University and founded The Office of James Burnett in Houston in 1989, later expanding to San Diego and Boston. The firm's practice takes a multi-disciplinary approach, working closely with design teams of other professionals and a diverse range of clients. Jim's recent work has focused on the transformation of American cities, using innovative programming initiatives to create active public spaces. OJB received ASLA's 2015 Firm Award, and in 2016, Jim was awarded the ASLA Design Medal, recognizing an exceptional body of work sustained over an extended period of time.


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Signe Nielsen


Signe is Founding Principal of MNLA and has practiced as a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. Her work has renewed the environmental integrity and transformed the quality of spaces for those who live, work, and play in the urban realm. A Fellow of the ASLA, she has received more than 100 national and local design awards for public space projects that are published nationally and internationally. Signe is Professor of urban design and landscape architecture at Pratt Institute in the School of Architecture and serves as president of New York City’s Public Design Commission.


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Kongjian Yu

president & principal

Kongjian Yu received his Doctor of Design at Harvard GSD. He is a fellow of AAAS and ASLA, and founder and dean of Peking University College of Architecture and Landscape. He founded Turenscape, the first private firm of its kind in China and practices globally. Yu tries to heal the earth at various scales, normally against the relentless development trend. Big Feet Revolution, Ecological Security Pattern, Negative Planning, Spongy City, are some of the key concepts that depict his theory and practices, which have significant impacts on the making of urban and environment policies in recent China.


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SAT-A03 - Finding Design: Case Studies in the Creative Process

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